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Billy Dukes

Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as music director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C.; writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006 and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and their son. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
Kellie Pickler
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Kellie Pickler Show Delayed Due to Suspected Food Poisoning

The start of Kellie Pickler's weekend show in Baraboo, Wisc. was delayed as she recovered from a suspected case of food poisoning. Fans were alarmed when the singer posted a photo showing her arm with an IV in it. Later, Pickler thanked them for their "grace and understanding."

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Keith Urban, Gary Allan
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New Songs on the Radio – September 2013

Country radio lights up with new songs from superstars like Keith Urban and Hank Williams, Jr. in September 2013. 'We Were Us' is from Urban's new 'Fuse' album. It's a duet with Miranda Lambert that has fans buzzing even louder about the highly-anticipated project. Williams, Jr.'s 'I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink' is also a duet (and a cover). 

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Chris Young Pushed to Stretch His Style, Vocal Limits on ‘A.M.’

For Chris Young, a new album is an opportunity to push himself further both creatively and vocally. This comes with risks. It's easy to push too far and find your fans responding with criticism, or even worse, ambivalence. That doesn't seem like it's going to be a problem for this 28-year-old.

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Taylor Swift, Gary Allan, Carrie Underwood
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Gary Allan Says His Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood Comments Were Taken Out of Context

What seemed like the next round of artist vs. artist criticisms was misconstrued and taken out of context, according to one of the parties involved. Gary Allan says his answer to Larry King's question about whether or not Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are country has been spun in a way he didn't intend.

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First-Ever Tropical Nights to Bring Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert + More to Beautiful Mexico

The inaugural country music adventure Tropical Nights in Riviera Maya, Mexico will include performances and exclusive opportunities to hang with some of country's biggest stars -- Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington and Jana Kramer.

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Taste of Country Writer, Sister Station Receive 2013 CMA Broadcast Awards Nominations

Among the nominees announced for the 2013 CMA Awards were radio stations and on-air personalities, chosen as the best in the business. WGNA afternoon host and Taste of Country writer Kevin Richards was honored for a third straight year. Additionally, station WYRK in Buffalo, N.Y. was chosen as a as a nominee for CMA Radio Station of the Year, medium market.

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